Track of the day 'Valse Sinistre', is the Carla Bley-penned title track of the Jeremy Pelt-produced Billy Drummond album of the same name which has some glorious saxophone work from Dayna Stephens and ensemble integrity exhibited exhilaratingly throughout.
The Bley composition appeared on the iconic pianist-composer's 1981 album Social Studies.
Drummer Drummond had appeared with Bley on such 2003-8 released albums as Looking for America, The Lost Chords, The Lost Chords find Paolo Fresu and Appearing Nightly.
Not since 1996 album Dubai has US-player Drummond had an album out under his own name although as a side player he has been busy in the last few years, for instance recording on dates led by Charles McPherson and appearing on the Elan Mehler-curated Kimbrough. On Valse Sinistre he has pianist Micah Thomas with him and who contributes the tune 'Never Ends'. The much-appreciated Dezron Douglas is on bass.
Among the other album tunes interestingly rarity 'Frankenstein' from 1994's Explorations by trombone icon Grachan Moncur III is also a track on this Cellar Live album, which is to be released in August.